It’s the truth. Children in America are getting fatter. Depending upon which study you read, 25-30% of America’s children are overweight. Just drive by any bus stop and take a look at the kids standing on the corner. At least one out of three or four kids is overweight. And that number is going to continue to rise, if we as adults and as their parents do not do something about it. If we do not do something about it, we’re setting these kids up for life long health related issues. So what can we do?
- Educate. Talk to them about the importance of eating health foods and physical activity. If you can sit your kid down to talk about the birds and the bees, surely you can sit him or her down to talk about their health.
- Play. Go run around with your kids. Play a game of soccer or basketball or dodge ball. Do something with them rather than trying to beat your poor kid up in Madden ’08. The bonus to this is you’re also getting to get some exercise that you’re probably not getting.
- Be a role model. Where do kids pick up their behaviors? Some of it comes from their friends, but some of it comes from their parents. If your child sees you as overweight and lazy, this may become acceptable to your child. I do not have any numbers to back this up, but from my own observations I see a lot of overweight parents with overweight children.
The trend of American children becoming increasingly overweight is going to continue if we as adults do not step in and do something now. And it’s not just about our kids being skinny. It’s about our kids being healthy.